If you're lucky enough to be born in February, you've hit the birthstone jackpot. Amethyst is a true gem - vibrant, rich, and elegant. If you're looking to add some sparkle and colour to your wardrobe, handmade earrings, birthstone rings, and statement necklaces featuring amethyst are the way to go.
While amethyst is widely available today, historically it was a symbol of wealth and power, reserved for royalty and the wealthy - from Cleopatra to the British crown jewels. The gemstone also carries romantic associations, with St. Valentine believed to have worn an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
Wallis Simpson wore a stunning amethyst, diamond and turquoise bib necklace designed by Cartier, showing how breathtaking this gem can be.
Whether you are a February baby or someone who appreciates the timeless elegance of amethyst, it is a gemstone that is worth adding to your jewellery collection. Its versatility and beauty make it a perfect choice for any occasion.
It's actually a variety of quartz, and it comes in a whole range of beautiful colours. From a deep, rich purple to a light and lovely lilac, there are so many shades of lavender to choose from!
Sometimes, nature creates a real masterpiece by combining amethyst and citrine, giving us the stunning gemstone known as ametrine. This gemstone boasts a gorgeous blend of orange and purple, and it's a real showstopper - a natural work of art.
The name amethyst derives from the Greek word "amethystos," which means “not intoxicated”. The stone was thought to have powers to ward off drunkenness and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.
According to Greek myth, Dionysus, the god of wine, lusted after a pure and chaste maiden named Amethystos. She prayed for protection from his advances and was turned into a pillar of white quartz. Dionysus cried tears of wine when he realised what his desire had caused, staining the crystal purple and creating amethyst.
Mystically, amethyst has been believed to have all sorts of mystical powers, from bringing wit, strength and intuition, to peace, and connection to your inner self. It’s long been a highly regarded gem. Associated with the astrological sign of Aquarius, it’s perfect for adding extra personal meaning to a piece of jewellery.
As a jeweller, I love creating unique designs using amethyst. If you're interested in a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery, a set of personalised stacking birthstone rings, or just a treat for yourself just pop me a message or check out my bespoke jewellery page.
And if you need any more details or just want to chat about this stunning gemstone, don't hesitate to get in touch!
Enjoy the beauty of amethyst, fellow gemstone lovers!
Enjoy! Mel xo
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